Book: Kartikeya-The Destroyer’s Son
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Genre: Mythological Fiction
Published by: Rupa Publications
Number of pages: 230 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: The publishers Rupa Publications provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I was happy to read and review this book as I enjoy reading mythology, especially Hindu mythology. Also, it made a refreshing change from the recent novels that I have read.
The story is about Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. I had never given much thought about Kartikeya, till date, as Hindu mythology has such a vast plethora of stories.
The story describes the circumstances of his conception and birth and how it was prophesised that he would bring about the end of Soorapadma, thereby bringing victory to the Devas.
The story depicts Kartikeya’s childhood and how he goes to win the war against Soorapadma. This war, has been provoked by none other than Lord Indra! Kartikeya goes off to war on his mount, the peacock Chitrabahn. He meets and falls in love with Indra’s daughter Devasena only to lose her.
We also read about Ganesha’s conception and birth and his equation with his parents and bonding with his brother Kartikeya.
What is noteworthy about the story is that the author has depicted these gods and goddesses as beings with normal human traits. Lord Shiva and Parvati have been wonderfully portrayed as a much in love but a bickering couple and Indra as a wily player of games. I particularly loved the explanation of how the river Ganga remains twined in Lord Shiva’s hair!
Do read the book if you enjoy reading mythology. I recommend it to readers as enjoyable, interesting and informative.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian classicist. She is also a student of classical dance and a practitioner of yoga.